If you missed the Leadership Message from Troy Gramling, you can still view it in the archive of Innovativeministryleader.com He brought an amazing message on 7 effective characteristics of a great Leadership. You don’t want to miss it!
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The cost of doing ministry
Today we have to look at the cost of doing ministry. We honestly have to look at the amount of money that is put into new churches across the nation, when men, women, and children are starving worldwide. We admire Francis Chan, and his decision to move from a new building project to an amphitheater and then give the money budgeted for the new building to missions. Why can’t we build community centers or use community centers to Worship God? Why segment and spend millions of dollars to build a church that will turn more people away than attract?
Again here is a great question we asked a few months ago, if you took away the lights, media, and all the bells and whistles, would people still follow the so called God you are preaching. Are you expressing Jesus in a way that it does not matter what material things you have. Just a thought.
We as churches have given into technology and the cost of it so much it is like we are given into just another worldly thing. (Romans 12:2, Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.) Yes we use social networking technology to reach people, but we neglect to determine real relationships that have real values. Skye Jethani looks at this in his book the Divine Commodity, on how people use Social Networking sites and other platforms to mediate nearly all of their personal interactions. Rather than encouraging healthy relationships we give in too much to the psedudo-relationships through shallow identifies. Think about this; Are we giving into the world, or the things Christ has commanded for us?
We are part of one of the most innovative churches in the country, but it seems that God wants us to be so much more than culturally relevant. I mean it is great that we are connecting so much with technology and building internet campuses, and applications for the iphone, but real relationships are so much more. People are hurting and a new application for their phone is not helping.
Seriously we have seen more people brag about how cool it is to have the bible on their iphone more than read it. We use the bible/church, as such a consumer product, we have put a deep relationship with Christ beyond it all. There is no technology in the world that can authentically make you fall to your knees before a God that wants so much for you.
How can we reduce the cost of doing ministry, and invest it more wisely to make a difference.
Share your thoughts.
Innovative Ministry Leader is proud to endorse the new ESV Study Bible. This is by far our favorite translation and study resource. The ESV Study Bible is endorsed by many innovative leaders such as John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Randy Alcorn, Joshua Harris and many more.
Some of the features include:
40 All-new Illustrations
Over 50 Articles
Over 200 Charts
Over 200 Color Maps
80,000 Cross References
2 Million Words
The purpose the ESV Study Bible was created was to help people have a deeper understanding of God’s word. The ESV study bible was assembled by a team of 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers.
You can order the ESV Study Bible directly online at Amazon. There you can view a few videos that take a deeper look at the ESV Study Bible and what some other Christian Leaders are saying about it. Keep in mind that this makes a great gift for your Pastor or Worship Leader for Christmas.
“Jesus Wants to Save Christians, A Manifesto for the Church in Exile,” is the third book from Pastor/Author Rob Bell of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Book is co-written with Don Golden)
This book takes a look at the Church and what we as Americans are really about. It compares the United States to powerful empires in biblical times. Rob Bell shows how time and time again we miss the central message of the Bible, that Jesus came for so much more than to just give us a ticket to heaven, but to transform our lives.
The book begins by taking you through the Old Testament, looking at how different empires ruled and controlled the world. It will make you stop and think, “wow” is everything we do in our own country really right under God’s eyes? Critics might come off saying that this book is a bit unpatriotic, but Rob Bell strongly uses scripture to state his points. Rob Bell does a great job at comparing times of the Old Testament, New Testament and today. It will take you to a deeper understanding of the history of the Bible.
Our favorite Chapter in the book is Chapter Five, “Swollen-bellied black babies, Soccer Moms on Prozac and the Mark of the Beast.” Rob Bell starts by again saying that America is one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. He then goes on to give shocking statistics that we may have heard over the years. From America’s wealth to poverty/brokenness over seas, we see the power that each American possesses and how we do not even come close to making a true difference in the world.
At the end of the book Rob Bell challenges you to re-examine your place in the world. To start living more as an example of Christ and not of this world. This book will leave you wanting to point fingers at government and other leaders in the country, but it truly starts with your ministry or organization. Jesus called us to be the example.
“Jesus Wants to Save Christians,” is a book that will make you re-examine your life, ministry, or organization and take more notice of what is going on across the globe. This book has been a strong wake up call for our organization. Innovative Ministry Leader strongly endorses this book and would recommend sharing with your entire teams.
“Jesus Wants to Save Christians” is published by Zondervan
Check out these other great Resources from Rob Bell.
Everything is Spiritual
We at Innovative Ministry Leader love having the privilege to read books and recommend them. One thing we do not do on our site, is get paid to advertise, review, or anything of that nature. Reviews are our opinion of what we feel are great resources for Today’s Innovative Leaders. We make a point to read every word, and offer a strong recommendation. Feel free to comment and let us know of any great resources that we might be overlooking.
One book that we picked up and could not put down was Crazy Love by Francis Chan. This book is so deep that we strongly recommend that you pick a copy up. It is strongly endorsed by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio and other influential leaders.
The book challenges the calling of Christians to experience and radically respond to the love of God. This book challenges us to experience God’s overwhelming love and make radical changes in our living. Francis Chan encourages us to take a deeper look at the Bible and how it calls us to live our lives.
Francis Chan challenges us to take our faith to a new level. As Christians it is not right to see what Jesus can do for us, rather what we can do to serve him. In Chapters 4 and 5, he talks about being Lukewarm, and what the bible says about the Lukewarm in Revelations 3: 15-18. It might make you a bit uncomfortable, but scripture will clarify the truth.
The book continues to get deeper and deeper with different concepts of God’s Love and how we as Christians are sometimes not getting the point. One thing, unlike most books, is the use of scriptures Francis Chan uses throughout the Chapters. It is great to see a book that is not all opinionated but driven by scripture. Chapter 9 gives some examples of actual individuals who live a life that is obsessed and crazy in love with God.
There are so many exciting points that this book makes, that you will have to pick up a copy and read for yourself. This book will help guide you from not just believing in God, but to truly fall in love with him in your daily life.
Francis Chan also has a website www.crazylovebook.com where you can stream videos and other resources that go with the book.
Crazy Love is published by David C. Cook www.davidccook.com
This is probably one of the most amazing, innovative resources that Lifechurch has given away. “You Version” is the Holy Bible, New and Old Testament online with tons of features. It is also available in many translations as well. Recently it has become fully integrated with the IPhone 3G.
Again it is completely free, so check it out today.